Rosenberg Railroad Museum (Adjacent to 3 Active Train Lines)

Updated on April 14, 2020
Peggy W profile image

I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Rosenberg Railroad Museum
Rosenberg Railroad Museum | Source

Railroad Aficionados Take Note!

The Rosenberg Railroad Museum is one of six railroad museums in the State of Texas. The Galveston Railroad Museum is the next closest one found in the Houston Metropolitan Area. Cleburne, Plano, Frisco and San Angelo have the other four locations in Texas.

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Outdoor Grounds at Rosenberg Railroad MuseumOutdoor GroundsOutdoor grounds with picnic tablesOutdoor grounds with picnic tablesOutdoor grounds with picnic tablesOutdoor GroundsOutdoor GroundsOutdoor GroundsOutdoor Grounds
Outdoor Grounds at Rosenberg Railroad Museum
Outdoor Grounds at Rosenberg Railroad Museum | Source
Outdoor Grounds
Outdoor Grounds | Source
Outdoor grounds with picnic tables
Outdoor grounds with picnic tables | Source
Outdoor grounds with picnic tables
Outdoor grounds with picnic tables | Source
Outdoor grounds with picnic tables
Outdoor grounds with picnic tables | Source
Outdoor Grounds
Outdoor Grounds | Source
Outdoor Grounds
Outdoor Grounds | Source
Outdoor Grounds
Outdoor Grounds | Source
Outdoor Grounds
Outdoor Grounds | Source

Location

The address of the Rosenberg Railroad Museum is 1921 Avenue F, Rosenberg, Texas 77471. It is located right in the heart of the historic downtown. So if you are coming from a distance away from Rosenberg, there is plenty to occupy your time.

You can pack a picnic lunch and eat right on the grounds of the Rosenberg Railroad Museum. You could also choose to dine at the ‘Ol Railroad Cafe located in the historic Vogelsang Building or choose from a variety of other enticing enterprises in that town.

Viewing platform from which to watch passing trains
Viewing platform from which to watch passing trains | Source

View Passing Trains While Picnicking

Picnicking at the museum would be fun for families with children. The kids can play on the wooden train structure. Trains often pass this spot regularly with three different train lines that use these tracks adjacent to the railroad museum.

There is a platform built up against the see-through fencing for an even better view of the passing trains.

Click thumbnail to view full-size
One of many displays inside of the museumDisplays inside of the museumDisplays inside of the museumDisplays inside of the museumDisplays inside of the museumDisplays inside of the museum
One of many displays inside of the museum
One of many displays inside of the museum | Source
Displays inside of the museum
Displays inside of the museum | Source
Displays inside of the museum
Displays inside of the museum | Source
Displays inside of the museum
Displays inside of the museum | Source
Displays inside of the museum
Displays inside of the museum | Source
Displays inside of the museum
Displays inside of the museum | Source

Museum Pricing and Displays

Museum pricing is exceptionally reasonable. $7.50 is the top price for adults, and it goes down from there. They even take discounts such as those from Groupon. Check out their website for more details regarding membership, group tours, birthday parties, special events, and more.

The first thing typically done after entering the Rosenberg Railroad Museum is to watch an 8-minute film. After that, a docent leads an interactive tour through the different rooms of the museum where railroad artifacts are on display.

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Display about the American HoboLife as a HoboThe Hobo CodeHobo signage
Display about the American Hobo
Display about the American Hobo | Source
Life as a Hobo
Life as a Hobo | Source
The Hobo Code
The Hobo Code | Source
Hobo signage
Hobo signage | Source

Information Regarding Hobos

I was particularly interested in the items regarding hobos. My mother was born after the Great Depression, which forced many men to hit the road, often riding the rails from place to place to survive.

Often she witnessed a hobo eating food that my grandmother had given to him. My grandmother also collected used clothing to hand out to those who needed it. The hobo would have wished to complete some chore, such as shoveling snow if it was during the long Wisconsin winter months. Most often, they did not want pure charity without doing something in return.

My grandmother would have made the hobo sign list as a kindhearted lady, as well as other positive notations.

Outdoor G-Scale model train display at the Rosenberg Railroad Museum
Outdoor G-Scale model train display at the Rosenberg Railroad Museum | Source

Outdoor G Scale Layout

Outside of the museum building, which looks like a Union Depot from 1883, there is a G Scale layout. Model trains operate on the 4th Sunday of each month, weather permitting. We, fortunately, got to see the model trains in action on our first visit.

1972 Missouri Pacific Caboose
1972 Missouri Pacific Caboose | Source

1972 Missouri Pacific Caboose

Next, on our tour, we got to go through the red Missouri Pacific Caboose #13591. Cabooses such as this used to provide a home-away-from-home for the conductor as well as the brakeman and flagman. They would eat, sleep, and wash up in this environment.

As a child, I well remember waving at the men in the caboose as we would await the end of the train as we sat, stopped, at the train tracks. They would typically wave back.

Inside of the caboose is a sign which reads as follows:

Before trains used automatic air brakes, the engineer would signal to the caboose when he wanted to slow down or stop. You would climb along the top of the train and turn the brake wheels that were on the top of the freight cars! Did you know that it takes over a mile for a train to stop once it starts to break?

What a dangerous sounding job! Newer technology has made cabooses a relic from bygone days.

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Inside Tower 17 at the Rosenberg Railroad MuseumInside Tower 17Docent inside Tower 17 demonstrating the InterlockerView from Tower 17This Advanced Train Control System inside Tower 17 monitors real-time movements of trains.Inside Tower 17
Inside Tower 17 at the Rosenberg Railroad Museum
Inside Tower 17 at the Rosenberg Railroad Museum | Source
Inside Tower 17
Inside Tower 17 | Source
Docent inside Tower 17 demonstrating the Interlocker
Docent inside Tower 17 demonstrating the Interlocker | Source
View from Tower 17
View from Tower 17 | Source
This Advanced Train Control System inside Tower 17 monitors real-time movements of trains.
This Advanced Train Control System inside Tower 17 monitors real-time movements of trains. | Source
Inside Tower 17
Inside Tower 17 | Source

Tower 17

We next climbed the steps up the two-story yellow-painted building called Tower 17. The men assigned work there spent long hours making sure that only one train at a time passed this location, which helped to prevent train accidents.

In the tower, men used a machine called an Interlocker which manually controlled railroad signals and switches. The Interlocker is also a relic from the past. A computer in the year 2004 replaced this one. On view now is a modern high-definition monitor which allows people to see the real-time movement of trains.

Views from the two-story building overlooking the railroad tracks and museum grounds are magnificent.

Click thumbnail to view full-size
1879 ‘Quebec’ Rail CarParlor inside of the ‘Quebec’ Rail Car from CanadaParlor interior of ‘Quebec’ Rail Car Lighting in the ‘Quebec’ Rail CarHallway inside of “Quebec’ Rail Car Dining interior of ‘Quebec’ Rail Car One of the bedrooms in the ‘Quebec’ Rail CarOne of the bedrooms in the ‘Quebec’ Rail CarCar1879 ‘Quebec’ Rail Car
1879 ‘Quebec’ Rail Car
1879 ‘Quebec’ Rail Car | Source
Parlor inside of the ‘Quebec’ Rail Car from Canada
Parlor inside of the ‘Quebec’ Rail Car from Canada | Source
Parlor interior of ‘Quebec’ Rail Car
Parlor interior of ‘Quebec’ Rail Car | Source
Lighting in the ‘Quebec’ Rail Car
Lighting in the ‘Quebec’ Rail Car | Source
Hallway inside of “Quebec’ Rail Car
Hallway inside of “Quebec’ Rail Car | Source
Dining interior of ‘Quebec’ Rail Car
Dining interior of ‘Quebec’ Rail Car | Source
One of the bedrooms in the ‘Quebec’ Rail Car
One of the bedrooms in the ‘Quebec’ Rail Car | Source
One of the bedrooms in the ‘Quebec’ Rail CarCar
One of the bedrooms in the ‘Quebec’ Rail CarCar | Source
1879 ‘Quebec’ Rail Car
1879 ‘Quebec’ Rail Car | Source

1879 ‘Quebec’ Rail Car

Next on our guided tour was the ‘Quebec’ rail car. The Canadian government once owned it, and heads of state would have spent time in it while traveling.

Note the rich wood paneling, patterned carpeting, stained glass, and other luxurious appointments within this rail car. A parlor on one end with an observation deck mirrors the dining room and observation deck on the other side with three bedrooms, a kitchen, bathroom, and mechanical room in between.

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Exterior of building with H.O. model trains on display at the Rosenberg Railroad MuseumH.O. scale model train display at the Rosenberg Railroad MuseumH.O. scale model train displayH.O. scale model train display
Exterior of building with H.O. model trains on display at the Rosenberg Railroad Museum
Exterior of building with H.O. model trains on display at the Rosenberg Railroad Museum | Source
H.O. scale model train display at the Rosenberg Railroad Museum
H.O. scale model train display at the Rosenberg Railroad Museum | Source
H.O. scale model train display
H.O. scale model train display | Source
H.O. scale model train display
H.O. scale model train display | Source

H.O. Scale Model Train

Viewing the H.O. scale model train is not dependent upon weather conditions, because it is set up inside of a building with a whimsical train mural on the exterior. Someone decidedly spent a lot of time and effort in creating this fabulous display.

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Railroad worker’s bathhouseRailroad worker’s bathhouseBathhouse sign
Railroad worker’s bathhouse
Railroad worker’s bathhouse | Source
Railroad worker’s bathhouse
Railroad worker’s bathhouse | Source
Bathhouse sign
Bathhouse sign | Source

1895 Bathhouse

On the grounds of the Rosenberg Railroad Museum is a rustic bathhouse (circa 1895) built by railroad workers before having running water in local boarding houses. Bathing in the Brazos River was a common way for railroad workers to rid themselves of grime and soot. Someone used artistry in its design of the name on the useful outbuilding.

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Railroad signal near the train tracks at the Rosenberg Railroad MuseumOld railroad crossing signal on displayOutdoor grounds at the Rosenberg Railroad Museum
Railroad signal near the train tracks at the Rosenberg Railroad Museum
Railroad signal near the train tracks at the Rosenberg Railroad Museum | Source
Old railroad crossing signal on display
Old railroad crossing signal on display | Source
Outdoor grounds at the Rosenberg Railroad Museum
Outdoor grounds at the Rosenberg Railroad Museum | Source

More to Come!

There is much more to see and enjoy when visiting this fantastic railroad museum. More items will be coming, such as a restored 1945 Santa Fe switcher diesel according to their website.

It is hard to absorb all of the information about the Rosenberg Railroad Museum in just one visit. This museum is a venue that you will wish to return to again and again. To learn more about this fascinating museum, be sure to watch the video below.

Do you like visiting railroad museums?

See results

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Peggy Woods

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi FlourishAnyway,

      You would have fun visiting this museum with your niece and nephew. That Quebec rail car has beautifully appointed rooms and decor for its time.

    • FlourishAnyway profile image

      FlourishAnyway 

      3 months ago from USA

      I would love to visit this museum, particularly with a young niece or nephew who loves trains. That Quebec rail car captures my heart!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Liz,

      A national railway museum sounds fascinating! At least with the expensive parking fees, the entrance fee is free. That helps somewhat with the costs of going there.

    • Eurofile profile image

      Liz Westwood 

      3 months ago from UK

      My grandson is not too far from the National Railway museum in York. Entrance is free, but parking is expensive. It houses a treasure trove of old steam trains.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rajan,

      I am pleased that you enjoyed this virtual visit to the Rosenberg Railroad Museum. Take care!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Liz,

      It is nice that your grandson has that interest in railways. Are there any museums in your area?

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Bill,

      Thanks for your visit. You have some nice things in your part of the country also.

    • rajan jolly profile image

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      3 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Thanks for providing this lovely virtual visit to the Rosenberg Railroad Museum. This hub is a visual treat.

    • Eurofile profile image

      Liz Westwood 

      4 months ago from UK

      My father would have loved this. My grandson now has a keen interest in railways.

    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I wish we had your City Council here in Olympia. They are visionaries with regards to The Arts. Brilliant!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, wanderwisdom.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://maven.io/company/pages/privacy

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)